Of Mice And Men Meaning The fact that Curley’s wife is not given a name foreshadows her own isolation. In fact, probably reason why she is not given a name, is because she is totally hidden from the world and nobody knows her as anyone else. She is always referred to as Curley’s wife, a ghost to the world. This emphasizes her complete isolation form the rest of the characters in the novel. She is a character without sympathy, but she can be vicious.

She is a victim of an empty life, and a meaningless one. Meaningless due to the fact that she discovers that her husband “ain’t a nice fella,” and that there is no one to care for her. She has wonderful dreams of being a Hollywood star, but all her dreams are crushed by the insensitivity towards her shown by the other characters. She is forever isolated on a ranch with a “bunch of bindle bums,” to live out her days as a slave to loneliness. However, her loneliness and boredom lead her to discover that Lennie is the one responsible that broke Curley’s hand.

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She approaches Lennie several times, and Lennie tries to avoid her, but later sympathizes with her over the loss of his pup. At which point a terrible coincidence appears. They both like soft things; this is when Lennie is invited to feel how soft her hair is. This invitation seals the fate of a lonely girl’s soul to an early death. Now the novel takes a step toward a tragedy.

With the killing of Curley’s wife, Lennie has signed his own death warrant. At the end of the novel, loneliness is displayed one last time. I believe, now that Lennie is gone; George is doomed to suffer the same fate as Curley’s wife. A life of complete isolation, both from his new friends and the world. George will disappear, just as his dream of his own ranch did when Lennie was killed.